Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been proven useful in treating a host of sports-related injuries. Conditions such as concussion, post concussive syndrome, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and rapid recovery of broken bones, muscle and ligament damage benefit well from HBO. Many professional athletes currently use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy while actively playing sports and after retirement. However, most athletes that do use HBO are using ineffective "soft -side" or "bag" chambers - which do very little as compared to a hard chamber machine. At ORCCA Hyperbarics in South Florida, we have successfully treated NFL players, NHL players, Polo players and other professional athletes to help them recover from years of sports injury. Below are a few links from professional NFL players regarding the healing effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Video: NFLer's Brain Damage Prevention Plan
Immunoexcitotoxicity as a central mechanism in chronic traumatic encephalopathy - a unifying hypothesis. Dr. Maroon - Nuerosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Battle Scars: Former NFL player George Visger using hyperbaric oxygen
NHL Player using Hyperbaric Oxygen for post concussive syndrome
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Former NFL Player and autistic son give it a try together
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (1.5 ATA) in treating sports related TBI/CTE: two case reports
A medical breakthrough using hyperbaric oxygen therapy for former NFL Cleveland Brown, Scott Bolzan
NFL Football player using HBOT for torn ligament in order to play in Super Bowl
Former Viking Fred McNeill battling dementia after football
Former NFL Giant, Harry Carson, using hyperbaric oxygen for Post Concussive Syndrome
Terry Bradshaw: "I'm rehabbing my brain after a career of concussions"
Concussive Injury - Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS) & Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
Concussive injury is on the rise in American sports and former professional football players are currently suing the NFL regarding the effects they suffered from repeat concussions. In 1994, NFL Commissioner, Paul Tagliabue appointed a medical commission on concussion. Unfortunately, many more concussions are being reported in the NFL. In 2010, 154 concussions, including practices and games, were reported from the start of the preseason through the eight week of the 2010 season. That is an increase of 21% over the 127 concussions during the same span in 2009, and a 34% increase from the same span in 2008.
Why Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Under Pressure?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a proven treatment for helping the body heal itself from conditions and injuries that have no other known treatment. It's proven efficacy in disease and injury is unquestionably supported by medical research.
HBOT accelerates healing, shortens recovery and rehabilitation time for 21 medical conditions, sports injuries, concussive injuries, PTSD, boosts cognitive function and will increase stem cells up to 8 fold (800%).
How Does it Work?
When oxygen is pressurized, the plasma and other fluids are saturated with oxygen in addition to the hemoglobin. This extra oxygen saturation increases the percentage of oxygen in the body's tissues up to 2,000% in a hard chamber!
"Substantial animal and human research now suggests that these same natural dietary supplements, vitamins and minerals, and the use of hyperbaric oxygen may be a better first-line choice for the treatment of postconcussive syndrome (PCS), which has generally been underreported by both athletes and the military." - Joseph C Maroon, MD (Team Neurosurgeon Pittsburgh Steelers) & Jeffrey Bost, PA-C Clinical Neurosurgery, Vol 58, 2011. Concussion Management at the NFL, College, High School and Youth Sports Level.
"HBOT is the only non-hormonal treatment approved by the FDA for the repair and regeneration of human tissue." - Kenneth P. Stoller Medical Gas Research, 2011. HBOT (1.5ATA) in treating sports related TBI/CTE: two case reports.
"Hyperbaric oxygenation clearly has been proven to reduce the total cerebral blood flow by a factor of about 20%....reducing brain edema without sacrificing tissue oxygenation." Sukoff , MD & Ragatz, MD Neurosurgery, Vol 10. No 1 HBO for the Treatment of Acute Cerebral Edema. 1982
**Click here for an illustration on how Hyperbaric Oxygen works**
Case Study – NFL player Dave Duerson:
Notre Dame All American
NFL Man of the Year 1987
NFL Humanitarian of the Year 1988
2 Time Superbowl Champion
4 Time Pro Bowl Player
Completed Business Program at Harvard Business School
In retirement, he tripled sales of his meat supply company to $63.5 Million.
His fortunes started to fail around 2005. He started with severe headaches with increasing frequency, sharp mood swings, memory started to fail, spelling problems, blurred vision, hot temper, spousal abuse, divorce, bankruptcy and finally suicide at age 50.
Dave Duerson's suicide note:
Dave Duerson's brain showing CTE - courtesy of The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.
Athletes like Michael Vick and Ed Hartwell of the Atlanta Falcons know the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen on sports injuries, so much so, it is said they own their own chambers, so does Zack Thomas former linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.
When an athlete suffers a debilitating injury, most are concerned about how long it will take for them to get back to their sport. The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) dramatically decreases recovery time.
Oxygen is critical in both wound and fracture healing. Traumatic injuries, and associated tissue damage and swelling impair local blood flow. Hence, oxygen supply to the wounded area is restricted at a time when the body needs it the most to repair itself.
Hemoglobin is what transports O2 in the body. Arterial blood is essentially saturated when breathing air at sea level. The only way to deliver an increase of oxygen in the body is to increase the atmospheric pressure in a chamber designed to do so.
HBOT is a treatment method of delivering 100% oxygen under pressure that may increase O2 at the cellular level up to 2000%. Some chambers pressurize air and O2 is delivered thru a mask or hood- this is not ideal, since the body and extremities are not being exposed to oxygen under pressure.
Patient Story: A well-known Equestrian jumper from Wellington, Florida fell off her horse and shattered her elbow. She immediately called us and we directed her to a specialist to set her elbow. She began Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) the same day. After her first HBOT the swelling in her arm had gone down completely. The patient continued for 5 more Oxygen treatments as well as Physical Therapy and in two weeks was back on her horse competing. The Orthopedist was amazed by this rapid healing of her fracture and gave his ok to this competitive lady to go back to competition!
For more detailed information and studies please see the list below.
**** Please note: The information contained herein is for educational purposes only. We want to help you to make an educated decision about your health care. Please consult a physician before pursuing any kind of therapy.
A prescription is required for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
More Helpful Links for HBO and Sports Injury
How can Hyperbaric Oxygen Contribute to Treatment? by J. Scott Delaney, MD, D. L. Montgomery, PhD, The Physician and Sports Medicine, Vol 29, No. 3, March 2001
The Role and Effectiveness of Adjunctive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders, by Wang J, Li F, Calhoun JH, Mader JT. J Postgrad Med 2002 Jul-Sept; 48(3): 226-31 (ISSN): 0022-3859). Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555-1115, USA
Effect of hyperbaric oxygen treatment on tendon healing after Achilles tendon repair: an experimental study on rats
Oxygen Therapy- are Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatments Good for What Ails you? Sports Injury Bulletin
How useful is Hyperbaric Oxygen in the Treatment of Sports Injuries? RAM Sports Injuries Clinic
Hyperbaric Medicine in Soft Tissue Trauma. Trauma, July 2001, Vol 3, No 3, pp 133-141. Cosgrove H., Bryson, P. A&E Department, Torbay Hospital, Torquay, UK DDRC, Hyperbaric Medical Centre, Tamar Science Park, Research Way, Plymouth, UK
The Second Wave of Oxygen by Rhett Bergeron, MD
Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers and the Treatment of Sports Injuries. by Staples J, Clement D. Sports Med, Oct 1996, pp 219-27. Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, Division of Sports Medicine, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada
Hyperbaric Oxygen Improves Peripheral Nerve Regeneration.
Terrell Owens Believes in the power of Hyperbaric Chamber, Ben Maller Tues Dec 28 2004
Hyperbaric Oxygen Effects on Sports Injuries, by Pedro Barata, Universidade Fernado Pessoa, Fawldad Ciencias da Saude, Porto, Portugal
NFL Players Speak Up Against Brain Trauma, by Mark Emmons, Aug 19, 2011 Health & Fitness
Quick Healing Vick Says He's 100 percent for Sunday, by Ed Kracz, Sept 29, 2011, phillyburbs.com
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